(16) For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. (17) And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: (18) For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.Luke 22:16-18
Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. (29) And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; (30) That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.Luke 22:28-30
As Jesus sat at this table, he spoke of yet another time. He had committed and commanded His disciples to remember this meal as a memorial of what He was about to do for them. In the midst of this meal, He mentioned a future time. He said that He would not drink this fruit of the vine until a future kingdom would come. Later on, in the chapter He addresses the disciples’ roles in the future kingdom. He mentions another table:
(29) And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; (30) That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.Luke 22:29-30
Jesus claims here that there will be a future time in which we will sit at a table and commune with Him in eternity. This isn’t some disembodied, ambiguous spiritual state. This isn’t a metaphor for something we do not understand. We will physically be with Jesus in an everlasting Kingdom. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. And we are going to be with Him! There is a future meal that will be shared with Jesus! Our redemption will not just be foretold in the Passover and remembered in communion. Our redemption will be realized in real time! We will be with Jesus!
All of History is moving toward a day where every wrong will be made right. Every loose end will be tied up. There will be ultimate justice. Our God will be with us and we will be with Him. There will be another time for communion. John the Revelator said it this way in Revelation 21:1-8:
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. (2) And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. (4) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (5) And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (6) And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. (7) He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (8) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.Revelation 21:1-8
- Are you going to be there? Will you be with Jesus because you have trusted Christ?